Many on social media celebrated the appointment of 32 year old Bogolo Joy Kenewendo as the Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry in 2018, with many asking for the same type of appointments in their different countries.
Bogolo was born in 1987 in Motopi Village which is located in the Boteti Area in Botswana and became the youngest minister ever in Botswana after being appointed by Botswana’s president Mokgweetsi Masisi who pledged to invest more in youths and create job opportunities for them.
She is an economist and politician who holds an MSc in International Economics from the University of Sussex (UK), a BSc in Economics from the University of Botswana. She was a recipient of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship in 2012.
She was nominated as Presidential Nominee to Parliament in 2016 and was subsequently appointed Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry on 4 April 2018.
Her appointment made her an instant Internet sensation due to the rare fact that African countries rarely appointed ministers under 40 years of age in most, if not all, cases. Many people on social media have called on the rest of African countries to replicate such appointments in their respective countries.
In 2018, she was appointed to the High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, chaired by Jack Ma and Melinda Gates.
She previously worked as a trade economist at the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Ghana and also served as an economic consultant at Econsult Botswana.
Kenewendo has set up her own women’s leadership and mentorship program called Molaya Kgosi, which she hopes will help develop and empower women, eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities.